E-mail shows 'how they tried to doctor documents'

E-mail shows 'how they tried to doctor documents'
(Insert) City Harvest Church founder, Pastor Kong Hee.

SINGAPORE - Among the dozens of e-mail messages and minutes of meetings produced by prosecutors in court on Monday, one showed how church leaders tried to doctor documents relating to bonuses paid to Ms Ho Yeow Sun in 2006.

In the e-mail dated March 14, 2007, and addressed to founding member and deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, then finance manager of production house Xtron Productions Serina Wee proposed that in order to avoid public scrutiny, sponsors should declare the money as personal gifts to Ms Ho.

"After Wahju (Hanafi) sponsored $479,750 to cover the bonuses and advances given to Sun, we are still short of $118,028 to cover the total amount given to her," Wee wrote.

"...I have come up with a proposed list of persons to talk to, to get them to write a letter to Xtron to say that their giving is meant for Sun personally. We can explain to them that because of public scrutiny, we don't want Xtron to be seen giving money to her beyond her salary."

The list of persons include executive pastor Aries Zulkarnain and Chew Eng Han, one of the accused.

The e-mail also gave a breakdown of Mr Hanafi's sponsorship to Ms Ho in 2006. It included more than $300,000 in "advance royalties" for her music, a 4 1/2-month bonus worth $69,750 and a $30,000 birthday cash gift.


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